UK Gay News 'City Pages'
Online Gay Travel Agency Founded to Support LGBT Equality
Human Rights Campaign to be main beneficiary of gay travel company’s philanthropy
DALLAS, January 26: – A new Internet-based travel agency with a philanthropic mission, hopes to capture a piece of the estimated $54 billion gay travel market and contribute toward the advancement of equal rights for all.
eDIRP.com Travel, Inc. recently launched its online portal with a pledge to give ten percent of annual profits to organizations working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
The company’s website combines online booking engines for mainstream travel products and a database of gay travel options including lesbian and gay cruises, tours and resorts available through the travel agency. Categorized community calendars and gay travel guides for popular destinations, are among the other travel-related tools featured on the site.
“We’re excited to finally unveil our services after nearly a year of development,” said eDIRP.com president and founder, C.W. Kemp. “Besides giving the LGBT community and their allies a gay-owned alternative when it comes to booking travel online, we look forward to supporting organizations that work to preserve the community’s advancements and continue the push forward with our call for equality, no more or less.
“Now more than ever we feel it is important to patronize merchants that are truly supportive of the organizations working on our behalf,” Kemp added.
Through partnerships with leading travel suppliers and multi-language hotel booking systems, eDIRP is positioned to compete internationally with other online agencies.
Among 65,000 worldwide hotels included in the company’s online reservation system, nearly 1,200 are classified as “gay-friendly”.
In addition, the website has real-time booking capabilities for flights, cars, vacation packages, last minute deals, and mainstream cruises.
“After seventeen years in the travel industry, it is refreshing to be a part of an endeavour that not only helps people fulfil their travel dreams, but also has a commitment to the Human Rights Campaign and other community organizations important to me,” said Bill Carter, Director of Travel Services.■ eDIRP.com Travel, Inc. is an Internet based travel agency specializing in travel for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In addition to online reservation systems, eDIRP.com gay travel specialists are available to handle personalized travel services from a call centre in Dallas, Texas. The company was founded with a mission to support non-profit organizations working for LGBT equal rights.
26 January 2005